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  1 Tell Me Three Things
Author: Buxbaum, Julie
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Class: Fiction
Age: 12-19
Language: English
Demand: High
LC: PZ7.1.B8
Grade: 7-12
ISBN-13: 9780553535648
LCCN: 2015000836
Imprint: Delacorte Press
Pub Date: 04/05/2016
Availability: Available
List: $17.99
Physical Description: 329 pages ; 22 cm H 8.5", W 5.81", D 1.12", 0.9875 lbs.
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Awards: Horn Book Guide Titles, Rated 1 - 4
Publishers Weekly Starred Reviews
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Starred Reviews: Publishers Weekly
TIPS Subjects: Friendship
Social Life and Customs
BISAC Subjects: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Blended Families
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / General
LC Subjects: Dating (Social customs), Fiction
Grief, Fiction
Grief, Juvenile fiction
High schools, Fiction
High schools, Juvenile fiction
Los Angeles (Calif.), Fiction
Los Angeles (Calif.), Juvenile fiction
Moving, Household, Fiction
Moving, Household, Juvenile fiction
Schools, Fiction
Schools, Juvenile fiction
Stepfamilies, Fiction
Stepfamilies, Juvenile fiction
SEARS Subjects: Family life, Fiction
Fiction for children
Friendship, Fiction
Juvenile fiction
Love stories, Fiction
Stepfamilies, Fiction
Reading Programs: Accelerated Reader Level: 4.7 , Points: 11.0
Lexile Level: 700
Reading Counts Level: 5.3 , Points: 19.0
Brodart's TOP Young Adult Titles | 04/01/2016
Jessie is having a hard time fitting in to her new prep school in Los Angeles. So when an anonymous student emails her, only identifying as Somebody/Nobody, and offers to show her the ropes, Jessie comes to rely on this mysterious stranger. 336pp.
Starred Reviews:
Publishers Weekly | 01/18/2016
Ages 12-up. Jessie's mother has been dead for two years, and because her father has recently married a woman he met online and moved the family to Los Angeles, Jessie is starting her junior year at a fancy private school where she knows no one. The only good news is that a classmate and self-described "spirit guide" is anonymously emailing her tips about surviving Wood Valley High. "Somebody Nobody" is a great virtual conversationalist, and they turn out to have plenty in common, including grief. Jessie begins making friends and grappling with her complicated family dynamics, but she's always wondering about her correspondent. Could he be brooding, handsome Ethan, her English-project partner? The cute guy at work whose girlfriend has it in for her? Stepbrother Theo? The dialogue--both spoken and typed--is consistently funny, and adult author Buxbaum (After You) makes everyone, even subsidiary characters, believable. She maintains suspense until the very end, and even if readers think they know who "Somebody Nobody" is, the desire to find out whether Jessie's real-life and virtual crushes are one and the same will keep them turning the pages as quickly as possible. Agent: Jennifer Joel, ICM. (Apr.). 336p. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, c2016.
Journal Reviews
Booklist | 03/01/2016
Grades 9-12. When Jessie is uprooted from Chicago to California after her father elopes, Jessie's life is turned upside down. Now with a stepfamily, a fancy rich school, a mean girl out to get her, and lingering grief over her mother's death, Jessie discovers an anonymous e-mail in her in-box with tips on how to survive her new home. Soon Jessie and Somebody/Nobody (aka SN) are chatting all the time. Jessie feels caught between her old life and trying to belong in her new one, in addition to the challenge of growing up without her mother and with a father who is growing more distant. Jessie's story is about more than having a secret admirer, but the mystery of SN's identity is engaging. Buxbaum adds layered plotlines about grief, family, and the confusion and hardships of growing up, all with a touch of humor and romance. A solid YA debut ideal for fans of Sarah Dessen and Stephanie Perkins. Thompson, Sarah Bean. 336p. Booklist Online. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2016.
Horn Book Guide | 11/01/2016
3. After her widower father marries "a stranger he met on the Internet," Jessie finds herself at a Los Angeles prep school for junior year. Alienated at home, intimidated at school, she doesn't know where to turn until she's contacted via email by someone known only as "Somebody/Nobody." The mystery of SN's identity, as well as glimpses of their correspondence, propel this character-driven romance. ncp. 330pg. THE HORN BOOK, c2016.
Kirkus Reviews | 01/15/2016
Jessie's unassimilated grief over her mother's death makes her dad's abrupt marriage to Rachel, a wealthy widow he met online, and their subsequent move from Chicago to her mansion in Los Angeles feel like betrayal. Rachel's son wants nothing to do with Jessie. Her first week at his private school is agonizing. When she gets an email from "Somebody Nobody," claiming to be a male student in the school and offering to act as her "virtual spirit guide," Jessie's suspicious, but she accepts--she needs help. SN's a smart, funny, supportive guide, advising her whom to befriend and whom to avoid while remaining stubbornly anonymous. Meanwhile, Jessie makes friends, is picked as study partner by the coolest guy in AP English, and finds a job in a bookstore, working with the owner's son, Liam. But questions abound. Why is Liam's girlfriend bullying her? What should she do about SN now that she's crushing on study-partner Ethan? Readers will have answers long before Jessie does. It's overfamiliar territory: a protagonist unaware she's gorgeous, oblivious to male admiration; a jealous, mean-girl antagonist; a secret admirer, easily identified. It's the authentic depiction of grief--how Jessie and other characters respond to loss, get stuck, struggle to break through--devoid of cliche, that will keep readers engaged. Though one of Jessie's friends has a Spanish surname, rich, beautiful, mostly white people are the order of the day. Within the standard-issue teen romance is a heartfelt, wryly perceptive account of coming to terms with irrevocable loss when life itself means inevitable change. (Fiction. 12-16). 336pg. KIRKUS MEDIA LLC, c2016.
School Library Journal | 02/01/2016
Gr 10 Up. A contemporary YA novel about grieving, growing up, and learning how to have confidence in yourself. Saying Jessie's new life is weird would be an understatement--after she loses her mother to cancer, her dad sells their house, moves them across the country to live with the woman he eloped with during a business trip, and enrolls her in an elite private school where everyone makes her feel even more like an outsider. Back home Jessie was comfortable: she had both her parents, a house she loved, and friends. Here she feels lost in a sea of designer clothing, expensive cars, and people who spend their summer vacations in faraway countries. When the teen gets an anonymous email from Somebody/Nobody offering to teach her to navigate this new school's territory, she registers how strange the situation may be but replies anyway. Who is this mysterious Somebody/Nobody (SN for short)? Will trusting SN lead to success--or make her even more of a target for bullies? Readers will find themselves growing with Jessie as she tries to deal with the passing of her mother and become comfortable in her own skin miles away from everything she thought of as home. Buxbaum's debut is hard to put down because of its smooth and captivating text. The addition of virtual conversations through email and chatting adds an exciting plot twist. Casual talk of drinking, drugs, and sex makes this novel more appealing to mature teens. VERDICT A definite purchase for collections where readers enjoy character-driven fiction. DeHanza Kwong, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC. 336p. SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2016.